21st Annual New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Conference

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21st Annual NJEPA Conference providing the opportunity for education and networking within the Public Safety and Utility Communities.

Bill Read

Bill Read retired as Director of the National Hurricane Center in 2012 after a long and distinguished career in the NWS. Bill served as an officer in the US Navy where he flew with the Navy Hurricane Hunters. Bill earned the Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Meteorology from Texas A&M University. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and has served as President of the National Weather Association. Bill has been recognized for numerous awards, most recently for the Neal Frank award given at the 2015 National Hurricane Conference.

LTC Ponenti

Albert M. Ponenti
Lieutenant Colonel
New Jersey State Police
Deputy Superintendent of Homeland Security

LTC Ponenti is a 24 year veteran with the New Jersey State Police and is the Deputy Superintendent of the Homeland Security Branch, commanding the Special Operations and Emergency Management Sections.  He currently sits as the State Deputy Director for the Office of Emergency Management and is the former Northeast Regional Intelligence Group Co-Chairman.  He is the former Task Force Commander and Director of the Office of the New Jersey Regional Operations and Intelligence Center.  He served as the Bureau Chief for the Executive Protection Bureau and was the Unit Head for the Technical Emergency and Mission Specialist Unit.  LTC Ponenti earned a Master of Arts degree in Security Studies (Homeland Defense and Security) from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2008, a Master of Arts Degree in Education from Seton Hall University in 1998, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class #248.  He is also an adjunct professor at Monmouth University teaching in the graduate studies for Homeland Security Program.

Jared Maples

Acting Director, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

Jared Maples was named Acting Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) on June 5, 2017. In his role, he serves as the federally designated Homeland Security Advisor (HSA) to the Governor and is the Cabinet level executive responsible for coordinating and leading New Jersey’s Counterterrorism, Cybersecurity and Emergency Preparedness efforts.

Director Maples joined NJOHSP in January 2016 as Director of the Division of Administration. The Division of Administration encompasses all information technology and security, human resources, facilities management and financial activities for the Office, including oversight of millions of dollars in federal homeland security grant funding.

Prior to joining NJOHSP, Director Maples spent over a decade at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in a variety of leadership roles and previously worked at the US Department of Defense in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. As a seasoned intelligence officer, his career focused on executive strategy development and execution, organizational and operational change management, emergency operations response, internal security investigations and personnel protection in high threat environments. Director Maples was fortunate to travel around the world on behalf of the US Government, including many deployments to areas of active hostilities.

In 2014, Director Maples was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Government Employee Voluntary Investment Fund. As a Trustee, Director Maples and the rest of the Board maintain exclusive responsibility for the investment of nearly $300 million in assets across Growth, Aggressive, Index, and Income funds.
Director Maples holds an MBA from Georgetown University, a Bachelor’s degree from Villanova University, and an Associate’s degree from Valley Forge Military College.


  • Chair of the NJ Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force (DSPTF)
  • Executive Member of the NJ Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)
  • Executive Member of the Philadelphia Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)
  • Executive Member of the Port of NY/NJ Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC)
  • Member of the National Governor’s Assoc. Homeland Security Advisors Council
  • Co-Chair of the Statewide Public Safety Communications Commission
  • Executive Member of the Oyster Creek Safety Advisory Panel

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